Folk Arts Oxford aims to promote folk and traditional dance, music and song in the Oxfordshire region. In particular we are interested in improving access for those who might face barriers to participation in the arts.

Through our funded project work: children in Headington have learned about local lad William Kimber, and the musical legacy he has left; a new band called Iris has been formed, who accompany all their songs with Makaton signing; children from mainstream and special schools in Oxfordshire have the chance to create music together, and perform on the main stage at Folk Weekend: Oxford.

Alongside our own projects and events, FAO works collaboratively with other local organisations, forging links and creating opportunities for folk artists to work in education and community projects, as well as showcase their talent in local events. 

We were back in to Wood Farm School this morning for the last time. Last week some of the children used their map of landmarks to design a circular walk around Headington - the plan was to walk it this morning, but unfortunately the weather was against us! We did go to visit Huggins Cottage though, and then went along to Holy Trinity Church to see Kimber's grave.

When we got back to school the children shared what they had been working on with the whole of Year 4, 5, and 6! It was a much bigger audience than we had anticipated but they did really well.

I wasn't in a good position to film the performances (and one group had a lot of members away) but click on the following links to see an earlier reherasal of the play: First Half Second Half, and the group who made up a dance.

Above are the children outside Huggins Cottage; below looking at Kimber's grave in Holy Trinity Church.